The Healing Crisis

The Healing Crisis


A necessary part of every healing phase


There is a special event that always occurs during the healing phase of every disease. In German New Medicine® terminology, this healing crisis is called the "epileptoid crisis."

This crisis event is not a third stage of the disease process; rather, it is an event that occurs within the second, healing, phase of disease. Its purpose is to shake up the person's system by a quick re-play of the original conflict-shock (DHS) experience. The magnitude of the healing crisis is in direct proportion to the magnitude of the healing work that must take place, which, in holistic healing, is in exact proportion to the magnitude and duration of the original conflict situation.

How could anyone possibly benefit from a crisis experience, especially after having endured a terrible conflict-shock and then unpleasant healing symptoms? Why should Nature inflict this extra torture on disease victims?

The answer is that this is a necessary part of the great pattern that governs the flow of energy through natural systems.

During the conflict-active phase, every available bit of energy is devoted to solving the conflict. The conflict-active phase naturally ends the moment that a resolution is found. However, the healing phase has no such natural ending point! Healing phase symptoms will deepen and deepen and deepen until we have no energy left at all for living our lives.

Nature has simply built the crisis into the healing phase as a sort of oscillation, to force the system, once it has substantially completed its healing, back toward normalcy. The purpose of the healing crisis is to turn the whole system around. It's a kind of "wake-up call" that reminds our whole system to get back on track and finish its healing business.

This is why it occurs just at the deepest phase of healing. Healing symptoms are at their worst right before the healing crisis.

The crisis can be anything from a sneeze to a shivering fit to a heart attack. Its form is determined by one factor only: the nature of the original DHS, or conflict-shock experience. Its intensity is also determined by only two factors: the magnitude and duration of the original conflict-shock experience.

It is because the intensity of this crisis is determined by the magnitude of the conflict-active phase of the disease process that it is important in a holistic healing approach to be as mindful as possible about our life situation in order to bring conflict experiences to resolution as quickly as possible, or to at least downgrade their intensity as much as possible. This will minimize the healing crisis, which is often the most unpleasant part of healing.

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